Obagi Medical Skin Care
Obagi Medical Products, Inc., is a global specialty pharmaceutical company founded by leading skin care experts in 1988, and is now owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Obagi products are designed to help minimize the appearance of premature skin aging, skin damage, hyperpigmentation*, acne, and sun damage and are primarily available through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas, and other skin care professionals.
At Zen Clinic, whether it’s acne, wrinkles, or dark spots, there are ways to address common skin concerns and help keep your skin looking healthy with Obagi.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Obagi Nu-Derm System?
Over the years, your skin has been exposed to a number of environmental stressors, which cause damage that can reach the deepest layers of your skin. Photodamage, caused by the sun’s harmful rays, is the main cause of the fine lines, wrinkles and age spots that you may already see or you will eventually see on your face.
The Nu-Derm System is the physician-dispensed, prescription-strength skin care system that can actually transform your skin at the cellular level. By addressing the signs of photodamage and restoring the healthy function of your skin cells, this system is clinically proven to result in younger- and healthier-looking skin.
What are the effects of photodamage on your skin?
As your skin ages and is exposed to UVA and UVB rays, the turnover of skin cells slows significantly, throwing off the balance between the growth of healthy new cells and the sloughing of old, damaged cells. Additionally, collagen and elastin begin to break down, causing the skin to lose resilience resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Daily exposure to UV light then accelerates this aging process and may cause uneven colouring.
Signs of photodamage and aging
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin
- Skin laxity
- Erythema (Redness)
- Sallowness (Complexion)
- Hyperpigmentation (Discoloration)
How does the Nu-Derm System transform your skin?
The Nu-Derm System penetrates below the surface of your skin to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct the damage within.
Using a specific dose and frequency that’s recommended specifically by your skin care professional for your skin condition, the prescription-strength system exfoliates old skin leaving healthy, new skin that looks and acts younger and healthier.
What can I expect from the treatment?
During treatment you can expect to experience four phases as you undergo transformation to a more healthy and younger-looking appearance. The length of time between the phases will vary based upon multiple factors including patient age, skin type, amount of damage and daily compliance.
The Obagi system penetrates the deepest layer of skin to correct the signs of aging. During treatment you may notice:
- Freckles, age spots and uneven dark patches beginning to fade
- Redness, dryness and flaking of skin
- Acne or wrinkles may look worse temporarily
As stimulation continues, you begin to notice significant improvements in your skin. Normal healthy cells are moving to the skin’s surface faster, melanin cells are distributed more easily and collagen and elastin production is increased. You can expect to see:
- Reduction of wrinkles
- Further fading of freckles and dark spots
- Tightening of pores
- Subsidence of redness and flaking
All skin cells are in the process of transformation and receiving an increased supply of nutrients. Healthy, strong collagen and elastin production continues and skin is smooth, naturally hydrated, evenly coloured and more resilient. Your skin is now looking and acting healthier and younger.
As the skin begins to tolerate the products and the reactions subside, your skin will look and feel much improved.
These are all normal reactions and indicate that the treatment is working. This phase typically lasts for up to 6 weeks during which time you will notice a visible improvement.
You have now achieved healthier and younger looking skin, with the help of the Nu-Derm System. To maintain your skins condition, it is important to integrate Nu-Derm as a permanent part of your daily skincare regime. By continuing with the treatment protocol, you can expect to:
- Maintain skin that is healthy and youthful
- Help to prevent future damage
- Improve the anti-aging effects of your daily routine of skincare
What is the difference between the Nu-Derm System and products purchased from department stores, drug stores and infomercials, etc?
The products in the Nu-Derm System are clinically proven, prescription-strength, ingredients that work at the cellular level to improve your skin cell function. Products purchased from a retail store are cosmetic-based products that do not contain prescription-strength ingredients.
How quickly will I see results when using the Nu-Derm System?
Your individual prescribed protocol and frequency of use should be determined by your skin care professional, but you can typically expect visible improvements in four to six weeks.
What other Obagi skin care ranges are there?
Obagi-C® Rx System
The first prescription Vitamin C + hydroquinone combination skincare system. Ideal for those who are sensitive to more aggressive anti-ageing serums, the Obagi-C Rx System has best results for those who have mild lines and wrinkles, slight unevenness in skin tone, perhaps some minor pigmentation, and is suitable for dry, oily and sensitive skin types.
A unique skincare range that stimulates collagen production and improves the skin’s elasticity, targeted to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the décolletage areas.
CLENZIderm M.D.™ Acne Therapeutic Systems
Effective therapies to target acne at its very root. It is the only acne treatment system with a liquid form of benzoyl peroxide, delivering visibly clearer skin as early as 2 weeks into the regime.
Next generation skincare for the next generation. A proactive daily skincare system that helps to improve dull, uneven skin tone and protect against future damage. Designed to address the skincare needs of younger patients, the Obagi 360 System helps to prevent the visible signs of skin ageing, leaving the skin clean, fresh and glowing.
The Obagi360 System is designed to:
- Address the facial skin care needs of younger patients
- Help prevent the visible signs of skin aging
- Provide a foundation for a lifetime of radiant, youthful-looking skin
- Leave the skin clean, fresh, and glowing